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NancyJ 03-23-2014 10:21 AM

Blog on dealing with off leash dogs
Dealing with Off-Leash Dogs | EMBRACE

It has some novel ideas......what do folks think? I normally just put Beau in a heel and walk through them but have not encountered any with serious ill intent yet.

I like some of the ideas though and they seemed like ones I had not heard before. Though maybe there is a reason....

NancyJ 03-23-2014 10:28 AM

Now I should have put this in the books/refrences section. I have not read this one and still need to dig into "the Genius of Dogs" which I have read through once and intend to read through more thoroughly. But this is an author new to me.

Shop - Brenda Aloff

Mary Beth 03-23-2014 05:13 PM

Great and easy tips. The book looks interesting. I usually just turn and walk away. But would I love to try carrying an umbrella instead :)

Thewretched 03-23-2014 05:15 PM

I'm a fan of my pepper spray

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Gwenhwyfair 03-24-2014 12:11 PM

Good stuff, but, I don't think I'd try this, unless you've got enough treats to distract the strange dog for long enough to make a calm get away.

Else, you'll have the off leash dog following you for more treats!

(I like the umbrella idea, one of those little 'Tote' brand umbrellas that pop open with the push of a button. I'd just make sure the on leash dog is desensitized to it first else they may bolt around on the end of the leash too)


If there is no owner at hand and the dog looks friendly, toss a big handful of your dog’s training treats on the ground and, while the dog is scarfing up the treats, just walk away. An overly excited dog can be startled if the handful of treats is tossed right at him. He may hesitate and then discover the treats while you make your escape. - See more at: Dealing with Off-Leash Dogs | EMBRACE

LeoRose 03-24-2014 12:46 PM

I carry pepper spray, and have had to use it more than once. Ilka is very reactive, so if I see a loose dog, I will try my best to avoid it (been know to add an extra 30 to 45 minutes to a walk just to avoid a dog at times). However, when they come out of nowhere, charging full bore, that's when things get dicey (they are also the ones who will be called in to Animal Services). There are a few dog that we walk past on a fairly regular basis where I pull my spray out "just in case" the dog's chain breaks or it finally decides to jump the fence.

lokimonster 03-24-2014 02:54 PM

I bought a riding crop to fend off protective dogs that aren't confined in their yards like they should be... I encounter them often when I ride my horse to a certain set of trails. When having my horse chase them doesn't work, (it does for most!) I hop off and come at them with the crop, I dont have to touch them with it, just the swishy noise usually startles them enough... It always seems to do the trick.
I've started carrying it on walks with my pup and its pretty effective, although i get an occasional disapproving stare from people who are probably thinking I use it for corrections on my own dog... :/

Anyways, I heard about this citronella spray called Petsafe SprayShield and was thinking about ordering it off Amazon and trying that. Its supposed to deter even very aggressive dogs without some of the worries of pepper spray like causing more aggression or having it blow back in your face. Has anyone here tried that stuff?

misslesleedavis1 03-24-2014 03:04 PM

Recently i had an agro golden rip out after me and the dogs at the end of my street. He is usually caged rage but this time was out making his way to his moms car when the bad timing happened, so showing all his lovely pearly white pointy teeth he got within 5 feet, i had put all my guys into a sit and i could tell they were ready to rock on this golden who would not of lasted 1 minute with 2 large sheps and i stuck out my hand looked at him and firmly stated "STOP" and he did, he went right home and got in the car, his mom zoomed out to say sorry to me, it was not a big deal but it culd have been.

When dex was a pup (like 10 weeks) i took him on a walk and a golden (not the same one) broke open a screen door and knocked a little girl flying thru the air only to run right up to dex and roll him good and hard, dex was on a leash and i stood there in shock, dex screamed and the goldens owner came out and retrieved the dog, the little girl was screaming crying and was bleeding from hitting the pavement and poor dex had peed himself and was shaking like a leaf. He never got over that dog but also never had problems meeting and getting along with other dogs including goldens.

KaiserandStella 03-25-2014 02:39 AM

In my opinion:
Using pepper spray is an okay idea (has some negatives)
Compressed air is a so-so idea.
Using an umbrella could work out well.
Grabbing a dog by the legs to stop a fight not a good idea.
Using treats could end badly.
Holding small dog on shoulders could end really badly.

Chip18 03-25-2014 03:07 AM

Treats?? Oh that's so cute. :) Maybe a clicker also?? My first loose dog encounter was a 90 lbs Pitt coming after my 10 week old puppy. He busted out of the house and all I saw was a brown low mass moving fast. I spun my puppy behind me instantly and faced him down!

The owner grabbed the Pit up and took him back in. Pepper spray or a walking stick would have been a nice option but there was no way that dog was getting to my puppy! And he knew I meant business!
But treats..yeah good luck with that! :)

Much better options are here, lots of us don't screw around! :)

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